In September 1958, Mercedes-Benz updated the 220 S model with a fuel-injected engine, resulting in the 220 SE. Available in sedan, coupe, and cabriolet body styles through late 1960, the W128-based model was the final development of the so-called Ponton platform. This beautifully restored 220 SE is one of 1,112 cabriolets built. Chassis 003228 was originally equipped with a fold-down rear seat and instruments in miles, and finished in black paint over an interior of cream white leather. During the 1990s, the Mercedes- Benz was owned by Bill Clippinger of Los Angeles, and he may be responsible for the transmission’s unusual modification to a floor-shifter.
Marque expert Scott Melnick freshened the matching-numbers 220 SE prior to its acquisition in September 2011 by Frank Darabont, the Academy Award-nominated writer/director at the helm of such film classics as and . In more recent years, he created the wildly popular television version of .
During Mr. Darabont’s ownership, the 220 SE has experienced gentle use while being serviced as needed by Mr. Melnick. The car currently features an attractive period-correct color scheme of burgundy paint over a tan leather interior with a matching soft top, and is accompanied by a Becker Mexico radio. This 220 SE constitutes a splendid example of the final open Ponton that would be ideal for marque enthusiasts and ardent film buffs alike.